Sports center to be dedicated to coach

Ribbon cutting ceremony, steak dinner to celebrate

TAFT, Calif. -  

Taft College will formally dedicate the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center on Saturday, Oct. 20. 

The formal ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m., with presentations made outside at the intersection of Emmons Park Drive & Wildcat Way in Taft.  

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be conducted by the Taft Chamber of Commerce.  After the presentations, guests will be invited in to the facility where a historical photo perspective of the Taft College Football Program and other memorabilia will be displayed. 


“We are pleased to honor the contributions of Coach Al Baldock and the impact he had not on Taft College, but also the lives of the young men he coached while serving as the football coach from (1976-1991)," said Dr. Dena Maloney, Superintendent-President of Taft College.  

Al Baldock was an inspiration to many in this community, not only students and his ball players, but Taft College staff and professors as well as local business leaders and residents.  Taft College is delighted to be able to memorialize Coach Baldock with this formal dedication and renaming of their sports facility.

Immediately following this event, the Third Annual Cougar Rib Eye Cookout will be held on the Taft College Quad.  Social hour will be from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, with dinner service provided from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. 

Tickets are $20 per person and are available in the Student Services/Administration Building on campus. 


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